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5 ways councils can use tech to support better relationships

June 6, 2014 by Ingrid Koehler

In The Social Council, an essay recently published in Municipal Futures, I argue that councils need to be doing what they can to support better relationships in councils and in the community.  Thinking less about service provision and more about relationships is the key to real demand reduction and better outcomes.…


A White Paper on Social Media in Local Government

September 30, 2013

A White Paper on Social Media in Local Government considers what holds back senior council managers and staff from using social media more extensively, and looks at how West Midlands councils have used them to connect with the public, and “open up traditional public sector silos”.


Public engagement in policy-making: PASC report

July 8, 2013

The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) published Public Engagement in Policy-Making in June 2013. It is focused on central government but covers many issues pertinent to local government. The report examines open-policy making – what it is, whether it is working, what are the risks and how it can be…


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Councillor Camp 2013

December 6, 2012 by LGiU

In a guest post FutureGov's Jon Foster urges digitally minded councillors to get themselves along to Councillor Camp (which the LGiU is very pleased to be part of) - it will be fun, informative and it's free!


Snow, winter, resilience, emergency planning, freeze, ice, cold

Results of annual LGiU winter comms survey

November 13, 2012 by Rob Dale

Councillors, officers and members of the public took part in an informal poll over the last week in a bid to establish which digital communication channels are the most effective during special and specific situations e.g. school and road closures due to snow. The exact question was; It’s November and…


Snow, winter, resilience, emergency planning, freeze, ice, cold

Take part in our annual winter comms survey

November 5, 2012 by Rob Dale

It’s November and the weather is miserable. Icy roads, closed schools and uncollected bins tend to dominate local government over the coming months. Residents will rush to council websites seeking to report problems and find information. Increasingly, there is an expectation for this data to be real time. So what…


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Pickles invites bloggers deeper into the Town Hall

August 23, 2012 by Rob Dale

Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Local Government and Communities, seems to love transparency. Back in June 2010 he asked councils to publish all spending data over £500. His department matched it and just last week announced they were lowering the threshold by half. Yesterday Mr. Pickles attacked the BBC,…


Why social media will solve the problem of local voter apathy

August 20, 2012 by Rob Dale

As part of their Democracy Week, the Guardian’s Local Government Network asked me to write about how social media can and is impacting on local democracy. Below is a copy of their edited version. In this year’s local elections only one eligible voter in three participated. This was the worst…


Politics, technology and the media – they’re all pointing to the local

May 15, 2012 by Rob Dale

This blog was first published by the BBC’s College of Journalism. On May 24, I am due to speak at the College of Journalism’s Connecting Communitiesconference about how local councils and councillors have reacted to the emergence of community media. But before looking at the ‘how’, I want to ask why current…


C’llr Achievement Awards 2012: all winners

February 27, 2012 by Laura Wilkes

LGiU and CCLA are delighted to announce the winners of the C’llr Achievement Awards 2012. The Awards, hosted at Westminster City Council, have gone to the great and good of local government; those councillors who have gone the extra mile to improve their communities. The Rt Hon Eric Pickles, MP…


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